Behavioural Epidemiology and Interventions in Young People
Left the Unit in 2019
Work and interests
Justin was a Research Associate who is interested in the development and testing of community- and family-based interventions aiming to increase youth physical activity. He is also interested in improving children and adolescents’ motivation to be physically active. As a Research Associate within the MRC Epidemiology Unit and CEDAR, Justin worked with Dr. Esther van Sluijs. He was primarily focused on developing and testing the feasibility and effectiveness of the Families Reporting Every Step to Health (FRESH) intervention – a family-based physical activity promotion project. Justin left the unit in December 2019.
Background and experience
Justin received a PhD in Health Science from Western Sydney University, under the supervision of Prof. Gregory Kolt, Associate Prof. Chris Lonsdale, and Associate Prof. Richard Rosenkranz. His PhD research focused on youth physical activity promotion; more specifically his research aimed to increase girls’ physical activity and reduce inactivity in organised youth sport. Prior to joining the MRC Epidemiology Unit and CEDAR, Justin was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Kansas State University under the mentorship of Prof. David Dzewaltowski. While at Kansas State University, Justin was involved with studies primarily aiming to increase youth physical activity in a number of out-of-school settings, such as youth sports, girl scouts, summer camps, and CrossFit.